Negotiating and mediating 
Problem-solving Advice

Draw on a unique combination of mediation insight, international diplomatic experience and negotiating acumen. Reframe problems using professional mediation technique, then tackle them with skill and subtlety. Focus on practical, creative solutions. Look hard at the cost of losing – and the cost of winning

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Public speaking and presenting 
Presenter Coach Speechwriter

Giving speeches, writing speeches, delivering a PowerPoint talk, organising events, drafting press releases and working up media strategies. They are all one basic life-skill: conveying messages in a way that is memorable and convincing. You do this by combining structure with stories and signposts

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FCO (Not) Sexist Shock – Diplomacy Diversity Targets

Does the Foreign Office discriminate against women diplomats, as evidenced by the fact that there has never been a woman Ambassador to Washington or Paris or the UN or EU? No. My latest piece at Telegraph Comment explains what is going on: Some 15-20 new “fast-stream” diplomats (those deemed capable […]

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Bruce Lee Plays Table-Tennis

One of the few advantages of having Annoying Son home over the Uni holidays is that he draws one’s attention to unusual things. Such as martial arts legend Bruce Lee playing table-tennis. One of Lee’s famed movie techniques was to deploy to devastating effect the nunchaku weapon, two sticks whirling on a […]

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Gareth Bale in Many Languages

Ah. The football season comes round again. To get in the right frame of mind you just can’t see this one often enough. But try listening to the different language styles, starting with characteristic British understatement and then accelerating in intensity… Wonderful.

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Ukraine and NATO

One of the sharpest knives in the British Embassy in Moscow in the early 1990s was Christopher Granville. He was the first-ever UK diplomat to resign from the FCO to set up a new financial business in Russia. After various adventures he now is a leading member of the team at Trusted […]

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Speechwriting for Leaders

I have finished a more or less first full draft for my first book (an e-book in fact) provisionally called Speechwriting for Leaders. The idea is to do something that few if any other speechwriting and public speaking books have done, and look at speechwriting from three angles, where the […]

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